Ukraine expects that the European Council will make the final decision on the start of formal membership negotiations with the European Union next week. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said this in a statement on Telegram.
Shmyhal noted that the European Commission last month recommended starting negotiations on EU membership, and the EU has identified four important steps to continue this process. The Verkhovna Rada has already supported three European integration initiatives, including bills aimed at strengthening anti-corruption bodies and expanding the capacity of anti-corruption management.
In addition, a law on national minorities was adopted, which takes into account the Council of Europe's expert assessments.
Shmyhal also thanked the parliament for supporting the initiatives and noted that the government had adopted a draft law on lobbying that is in line with the modern European approach and takes into account the proposals of civil society.
According to Shmyhal, Ukraine is rapidly approaching EU membership, and he expressed hope that next week the European Council will decide on official negotiations with Ukraine.